Violence in Our Schools

August 1, 1992 through July 31, 1993


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I would like to thank all of the Survivors and others who have contacted me with information about school violence.  I really do appreciate the help, for without their help, several of these occurrences would not be here.

One other thing I would like to ask of those who read over this list of tragedies is this: If you can provide me with any more details of any of these incidents, I would greatly appreciate the information. Or, if you know of another violent act at a school that is not on this list, please forward that information to me as well.  The link to my e-mail is above.


William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, California

Wednesday, August 5, 1992

It is typical for the football players at Taft High to attend the voluntary preseason workouts.  After one such workout today, Lamoun Thames, a 15-year-old sophomore, was ready to go home.  He lived with his mother and older sister in south-central Los Angeles, 35 miles away.  She believed Taft was a safer school for him to attend and completed all the necessary paperwork.  His family had moved several times in the past three years and Lamoun's dream was to play professional football.  Unfortunately, he missed the bus that would take him home.  He called his mother and told her he would be late.  It was about 10:00 in the evening when he called.  Moments later, gang members in a black, sedan with darkly tinted windows pulled up to him as he sat on a wall at Ventura Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue waiting on the RTD bus.  This intersection is across the street from the school.  One of them, 28-year-old Oscar Lopez, shouted out to him, "Where are you from?"  This greeting is used on the streets of L.A. to determine a stranger's gang affiliation.  Lamoun responded, "I'm not from anywhere."  Oscar, from the Northridge gang, began hitting him in the face and then stabbed him several times in the chest.  Lamoun was able to flee from the gang members, but only 50 feet before collapsing.   There were several witnesses in the area and saw the attack.  One of them called for an ambulance.  Lamoun was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he died at midnight.   Police said that Oscar mistakenly took Lamoun for a rival gang member.

Source: L.A. Times - Taft High Student is Slain; L.A. Times - Slain Youth's Dreams Died With Him; L.A. Times - Drawing of Assailant in Youth's Stabbing Released; L.A. Times - 3 Students Critically Hurt in Shooting Near School


Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Monday, August 24, 1992

Dr. Valery I. Fabrikant, 52, was a mechanical engineering associate professor who has worked at the university for the past 13 years.  He started out as a technician and has a long, documented disruptive behavior against staff members and students.  The relationship deteriorated in late 1991 and early 1992. He was denied tenure and in retaliation, he charged engineering department members of questionable financial dealings and improper credit for research work.  He was facing termination and contempt of court charges. Around 2:30 today as he went up to the ninth floor of the Henry F. Hall Building on the campus he carried a briefcase with three guns and ammunition inside.  He sought out Dean Srikanta Swamy and Sam Osman, the chair of the mechanical-engineering department, but neither of the men were in.  He made his way to his own office where he was scheduled to meet with Professor Michael Hogben, president of the university's faculty association.  Michael attempted to give Valery a letter detailing how he would be allowed to visit the school in the future.  Valery responded by taking a.38-caliber pistol out of the briefcase and shooting Michael three times, killing him.  Professor Aaron Jaan Saber's office was across the hall and he called out when he heard the shooting.  Valery made his way into Aaron's office, fired twice more into Aaron.  He died the next day at the hospital.  Valery headed back down the hall to Sam's office, and fired upon Elizabeth Horwood, the department secretary.  He made his way to the office of the electrical and computer-engineering chair, Phoivos Ziogas, where he was talking to Otto Schwelb, a colleague.  Valery shot Phoivos, who would die in the hospital a month later.  Otto and Valery fought briefly, with Otto taking possession of the pistol.  He went back to help Phoivos, while moved back to the dean's office.  Professor Matthew McCartney Douglass tired to reason with Valery, but he was shot four times with one of Valery's other guns and died almost instantly.  Valery then took a security guard and Professor Dr. George Abdou hostage in an office.  He called the emergency operator and said he wanted to talk to the media.  He did get his talk, and during that time, he laid down his gun to adjust the phone.  George seized the opportunity and kicked the gun away, allowing the security guard to overpower and capture Valery. It was reported that Valery suffered from severe personality disorder, which is a condition in which you believe everybody is out to get you.  Valery was sentenced to life imprisonment with no eligibility for parole for 25 years, which will be on August 24, 2017.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Professor Matthew McCartney Douglass Professor Michael Gorden Hogben
Professor Aaron Jaan Saber Phoivos Ziogas, Elect. / Comp. Engineering Chair

THE INJURED:

Ms. Elizabeth Horwood, Mechanical Engineering Secretary

Source: Visitor to this site; Wikipedia - Concordia University Massacre


Palo Duro High School, Amarillo, Texas

Friday, September 11, 1992

After this morning's 10:00 pep rally for tonight's football game with Hereford High School, a group of students walked up to 17-year-old Randy Earl Matthews in the hallway and punched him in the face.  Randy pulled out a .22-caliber pistol he was carrying and opened fire on his attackers.  As students fled the hallway, they trampled over Millicent Hudson. In all, six students were shot by the flying bullets, most seriously wounded was Delmond Carruthers.  He was shot in the chest, shoulder and leg.   All of the injured students were treated at Amarillo Emergency Receiving Center and six of them returned to the school shortly after the shooting.  Delmond returned to school two months later.  The students at the school said the initial fight was gang-related but school officials dismissed their recants as speculation.  The game between Palo Duro High and Hereford High was played as scheduled.  Randy was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and unlawfully carrying a weapon on school grounds. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and will be up for parole in July 2001.

THE INJURED:

Bobby Archie, 15 Donyel Austin ,15 Delmond Carruthers, 18
Millicent Hudson, 16 Matthew Mitchell, 16 Marcus Stiles
Norman Winifred, 17

Source: Dallas Morning News - School Shooting Leaves 7 Injured


South Shore High School, New York City, New York

Monday, September 21, 1992

Two boys from two families who had migrated from the Caribbean to the Big Apple crossed paths this afternoon which resulted in the death of one of the boys.  Damion Ennis, 15-years-old and originally from Jamaica, was on the school's football team where he played fullback on offense and nose guard on defense.  Two days ago he scored the team's first touchdown of the year in a loosing effort to Curtis High School, 38-14. Michael Bubb, 16-years-old and originally from Grenada, was the second-string goalkeeper for the soccer team.  The two boys began arguing over an undisclosed topic as their third-floor seventh-period class ended.  This was at 1:30 p.m.  The exchange of words became physical very quickly as the fight moved to the main stairwell by the schools' rotunda.  One of the students ran to get help. In the stairwell, Michael was able to get Damion in a headlock.  Michael then pulled out a 7 1/2 inch dagger and stabbed Damion once in the left side of his chest.  As Damion fell to the floor, the school's dean of education, Neil Rosen arrived with a security guard.  The guard was able to disarm Michael and slap him in handcuffs.  Damion was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he died at 2:40 p.m.  Michael was turned over to the police and charged as an adult with second-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon.  South Shore High School is reportedly one of the safer schools in New York City, even though it has 3,200 students.

Source: The New York Times - Boy, 15, is Fatally Stabbed at School in Brooklyn


La Guardia High School, New York City, New York

Tuesday, September 22, 1992

When school dismissed for the day, hundreds of students from La Guardia and nearby Marin Luther King Jr. High School gathered to watch a fight between Maurice Lopez, 18, and 16-year-old Victor Caseras.  Maurice  attends school at La Guardia and lives in the Amsterdam Houses.  Victor lives in Washington Heights.   During the fight, 19-year-old Hector Hernandez joined his friend in pummeling Victor.  However, when Victor's friends saw this, seven of them joined the fight as well.  And they came armed.  Maurice was struck in the head with a pipe while Hector was slashed with a machete in the arm, stomach and leg.  The injured students were taken to Roosevelt Hospital and treated for their wounds.  Police arrested eight students in this fight.

Source: The New York Times - 2 High School Students Injured in Attack


Miller High School, Fontana, California

Friday, September 25, 1992

At the end of the week on the west coast, another student died from a stabbing on school grounds.  In what is believed to be a gang related fight, 15-year-old Michael A. Arrellano was stabbed twice by a 14-year-old .

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Hiram Johnson High School, Sacramento, California

Monday, September 28, 1992

Classes let out at 3:10 this afternoon and a fight between three Vietnamese youths (who walked onto the campus) and at least three Latino students broke out seconds later.  The fist fight ended quickly, however, the Vietnamese trio returned a half-hour later to finish the fight.  They ran onto campus and assault a fourth Latino youth.  Julio Perez, a 16-year-old junior, tried to help his friend, but the Vietnamese trio chased him through the administration building.  In one of the corridors, Julio stopped and began to fist fight his opponent.  As the fight continued, Julio proved to be stronger and began winning the battle, until his opponent pulled out a pistol and shot him point-blank in the chest.  After Julio was shot, the trio started to leave the campus.  They came across 18-year-old Bernardo Rojas, a junior, standing near the flagpole in the school's plaza and waiting for a ride.  From over 20 feet away, the Vietnamese trio shot him.  The trio then fled the school in a car. The wounded boys were rushed to UC Davis Medical Center where Julio was listed in critical condition while Bernardo was listed in guarded condition.  Police were confident they could track down the Vietnamese trio.  Within four days, police arrested 18-year-old Tuan Do, 19-year-old Binh Tran and 20-year-old Duy Nguyen. 

Source: Sacramento Bee - 2 Wounded in Gunfire at High School; Sacramento Bee - School Shooting Victim Pleads for End to Race Strife


Paramount High School, Paramount, California

Tuesday, September 29, 1992

16-year-old Sheila Lorta went across the street to the McDonald's for a quick meal before heading back to Paramount High for cheerleading practice.  She had made it halfway across the street when an 18- to 25-year-old man with black curly hair wearing a white t-shirt with a "Hoya" insignia on it opened fire from his mountain bicycle at a passing car.  One of the flying bullets struck Sheila in the head and she collapsed to the ground.  This was around 3:10 in the afternoon.  The gunman fled the scene by riding the bicycle down Downey Avenue.  Sheila was taken to Charter Suburban Hospital where she died early Wednesday morning.

Source: L. A. Times - Girl, 16, Critically Wounded By Gunfire Outside High School; L. A. Times - Gangs Send a School Back Into Mourning


Hollibrook Elementary School, Houston, Texas

Wednesday, September 30, 1992

At 10:30 this evening two gangs met up at Hollibrook Elementary School's playground to settle their differences.  During the fight, 16-year-old Luis Mesa was wounded by two shotgun blasts.  The boy suffered wounds to his face and arm. Joe Rodriguez, 16, was also wounded during the melee.  He was shot in the torso.  The two boys were taken to Ben Taub Hospital for treatment.  Luis died Monday, October 5, 1992.  On Tuesday, October 6, 1992, police arrested Juan Diaz, 15, and charged him in connection with Luis's death.

Source: Houston Chronicle - Northbrook High School Student Arrested in Boy's Slaying; National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Desert View High School, Tucson, Arizona

Monday, October 12, 1992

During another gang related fight at school, this time in the parking lot, Antonio Redondo, 20, used a .22-caliber gun to kill student Oscar Daniel Leon, 16.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Finney High School and Mumford High School, Detroit, Michigan

Wednesday, November 4, 1992

Just after 10:30 this morning, Renard Merkerson and Montrice Coleman, both 18 donned black ski masks and entered Finney High School with two long guns and a handgun.  The two teens opened fire as students were changing classes.  Six students were grazed with buckshot.  The duo's target was Council Bellomy III.  He was shot in the right side of his face.  Jasmine Bridgeman had a bullet strike her ankle.  Terrance Carey Brown, Nagongi Cann, Herman Hayes and Alisha Turner had minor gunshot wounds.  Renard and Montrice continued down the hallway and fired again before leaving through the back door.  Council was taken to St. John Hospital and listed in good condition.  Police arrested the teens later in the day.  But school violence didn't stop with this shooting.  Over lunch at Mumford High School, two rival groups confronted each other, but the showdown was interrupted by a school security officers.  The showdown picked up just before 3:00 when police received a call about a school shooting at Mumford.  DeWayne Boyd was leaving Mumford when someone yelled a gang name at him.  He was shot in the chest and transported to Grace Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.  Ervin Carter was stuck by bullets as well during this second shooting, one of which was stopped by his wallet.  A 15- and 16-year-old were arrested as the instigators of this second school shooting.  Almost simultaneously, gunfire erupted at the corner of Beniteau and Kercheval when shots were fired at three students as they walked along Beniteau.  Foch Middle School is just down the road from the intersection.  All three of the students, DeJuan Hill (from Foch), Tamika Hill and Omar Puryear (both from Southeastern High School) were all injured.  Since the third shooting didn't happen on campus, I'm not counting it as an act of school violence.  A week later, police charged Renard and Montrice with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm during a felony.  

THE INJURED:

Council Bellomy III, 17 DeWayne Boyd, 17 Jasmine Bridgeman
Terrance Carey Brown Nagongi Cann Ervin Carter, 18
Herman Hayes Alisha Turner

Source: Detroit Free Press - Shootings at 3 Schools Leave 11 Students Hurt, Detroiters Respond with Calls for Solutions; Detroit Free Press - 7 Youths Held in Shootings at Schools, Some Could Face Life for Nov. 4 Incidents


Sherman Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, November 10, 1992 

While showing off a .22-caliber handgun to his classmates, 13-year-old Willie Clayborn put the gun to his stomach and pulled the trigger.  The pistol failed to go off and so Willie tested fate again by putting the gun to the side of his head and pulled the trigger again. This time the gun did go and Willie was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Source: Emergency Net News Services - Sixteen Students Hurt, One Dead, in High School Violence


Langham Creek High School, Cypress, Texas

Friday, November 13, 1992

About 2 p.m. Steve Wenzel drove his white Chevrolet van to his estranged wife's workplace, Langham Creek High School.  A co-worker told Rita Kay Bertsch Wenzel that her husband was outside and pleaded with her to stay inside.  Rita didn't listen to the co-worker and went outside to talk to her husband.  When she got outside, she noticed Steve was carrying a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and said, "Oh, my God."  Steve fired a shot toward Rita, but the shot missed and the bullet lodged itself in a window frame.  Rita started running along the south side of the building and tried to reenter the school from the back door, but it was locked.  She turned from the doors and Steve shot her three times in the chest.  As Rita collapsed and died, Steve shot himself in the head and collapsed beside his estranged wife's body.  He died en route to Houston's Hermann Hospital.  Students were in class at the time and very few witnessed the shooting, so the students were let out of school on time at 2:30 p.m.  Rita was the Chair of Special Education Department at Langham Creek High School.  Both of the Wenzel's were 39-years-old.

Source: Houston Chronicle - Man Shoots Wife, Self on Grounds of School


Fairfield High School, Birmingham, Alabama

Monday, November 16, 1992

Four youths tried to steal Michael Jackson Jr.'s athletic jacket today and he ran away from them.  They pursued and one of them shot him in the back of the head.  Michael, 16, collapsed to the floor and later died.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Edward Tilden High School, Chicago, Illinois

Friday, November 20, 1992

It only took ten days for school violence to return to the Windy City.  Around 10:00 this morning in a second floor hallway near a science classroom, a dispute over the winnings of a dice game led to Delondyn Lawson's death, even though he wasn't involved in the dispute, just in the right place at the wrong time.  Joe White, 15, and another student were arguing about the payoff when one of the students punched Joe in the mouth.  Joe pulled out a .22-caliber handgun and opened fire on the group.  Delondyn, 15, was shot twice in the back and two more classmates, 17-year-old Wilson Ching and 15-year-old Barron Hall were wounded.  In the flight to flee the scene, a third student was hit by a car and also taken to the hospital.  Joe was arrested a short time later.

Source: Emergency Net News Services - Sixteen Students Hurt, One Dead, in High School Violence


Robert E. Lee High School, Montgomery, Alabama

Tuesday, November 24, 1992

This morning two female students began fighting over a boy in a second floor restroom at the school.  One of the girls is an 18-year-old special education student while the other is 17-years-old.  The fight moved from the restroom into the hallway.  It was here, in the hallway, that the older girl pulled out a handgun.  The two girls struggled to control the gun when it went off.  The bullet tore through the older girl's finger.  She was taken to the hospital for treatment.  The younger girl was taken to police headquarters and questioned.  This is another case of where the instigator and the injured student are one in the same.

Source: Mobile Register - Student Shoots Self in Finger


Woodson High School, Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, December 3, 1992

This time it took 13 days for school violence to return to the Windy Cindy.  Clarence Notree, a playground supervisor at Woodson High, opened a locked rear entrance door to two men who said they wanted to play basketball in the gym.  The gym connects Woodson North and Woodson North schools and is open to the neighborhood until 7 p.m.  After the two men entered the gym, they went straight toward Frederick Williams, 19, and shot him to death with four shots.  They also wounded Eric Carter with a gunshot wound to his thigh.  Frederick lay dying on the gym floor while Eric left a trail of blood as he staggered out.  The duo then left the gym, but a sheriff's deputy who was outside at the time escorting teacher's to their cars, heard the gunfire and began to pursue them as they came out into the chilly night air.  The deputy chased the duo and fired five shots at them.  The duo returned fire and fled the scene in a Ford Fairmont.  Frederick was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he died.  Eric, 25, was taken to Cook County Hospital and listed in critical condition.  When the police arrived, they found a .357 magnum outside the school.   Police were able to apprehend the shooter, Ray George, 23, and charged him with first-degree murder.  However, police were still looking for the man who accompanied Ray into the gym and the man who drove the Ford Fairmount.  This isn't the first school shooting Clarence has been involved in.  He was injured back in September 1991 when a 14-year-old boy opened fire inside the gym.  Clarence was wounded in the wrist in that shooting.

Source: Chicago Tribune - Safety of a School Again is Shattered by Shooting; Chicago Tribune - Suspect Denied Bond in School Shooting


Walton High School, Walton, New York

Monday, December 14, 1992

A 15-year-old male student wanted to read a poem to his class today.  The poem deals with the boy killing his parents and suicide.  English teacher Virginia Wilcox, 49, refused to let him read the poem.  The sophomore pulled out a rifle and shot Virginia in the face.  She was taken to the hospital and listed in serious condition after surgery.  The unnamed boy was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder.

Source: The Buffalo News - Teacher Shot During Class; Boy Held


Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Monday, December 14, 1992

School administrators allowed 18-year-old Wayne Lo to keep a package he had received from an ammo company.  Wayne used the parcel's contents to kill a student and professor at the exclusive college-prep boarding school.  He also wounded a security guard and three others.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Galen Gibson, 18 Nacunan L. Saiz

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Brentwood High School, New York City, New York

Tuesday, January 5, 1993

This afternoon the Sachem High School basketball team played Brentwood High School on the Brentwood campus.  As the game entered the final seconds, gunshots erupted from the stands.  19-year-old Matthew Hunter was struck in the arm and chest by the bullets.  The former Brentwood student fell into the arms of a school security guard and was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was listed in stable condition.  Two people fled the gym and police began looking for them.  This occurred at 5:27 p.m. and the basketball game, with one second left and Brentwood leading 67-66, was suspended.  Police said Matthew and his attackers have been feuding for two years over a gold chain that was stolen.  During the feud, each other's cars had been burned and families members threatened.

Source: The New York Times - Ex-student is Shot During Basketball Game; The New York Times - School Upset by Shooting of Teenager During Game


Norland Senior High School, Miami, Florida

Tuesday, January 12, 1993

Conroy Robinson, a senior, had a dispute with three other classmates over a girl, at 3:15 p.m., after school had let out for the day.  Conroy pulled out his gun, which he normally carried, and exchanged shots with one of his classmates.  The 18-year-old was shot repeatedly in his chest and legs.  Police discounted the claim from the family that the brother of Conroy's new girlfriend shot and killed him during the argument.


Anthony Junior-Senior High School, Anthony, Texas

Tuesday, January 12, 1993

Danny Corral didn't much care for Raul Martinez's long hair and even boasted that he would kill him by the end of the day.  True to his word, Danny, 14, stabbed Raul, 16, while he stood by a school locker before the day was over.  For statistical purposes, I am counting this as a junior high school.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


East Carter High School, Grayson, Kentucky

Monday, January 18, 1993

Gary Scott Pennington, 17, was upset over a bad grade on his report card.  So he armed himself with a .38-caliber revolver and invaded Deanna McDavid's seventh period English class with 22 students.  Deanna, one day shy of her 49th birthday, was grading papers when Gary walked in and fired a shot toward her. He missed.  She asked him what he was doing and he responded with a bullet smashing into her right temple.  She died instantly, still holding the grading pen. Custodian Marvin Hicks heard the gunfire and entered the room to see what had caused the noise. Gary killed him with a shot to the stomach. Gary then holds the 22 students hostage, letting 2-3 go at a time before surrendering at 3:00 p.m. without further bloodshed.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Deanna McDavid, 48 Marvin Hicks, 51

Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, California

Thursday, January 21, 1993

Fairfax High School routinely opens itself up during winter break to students from other schools to help them get caught up on the work they missed at their own school.  This morning in room 218, English teacher Charles Schwartz returned essay papers to his students.  As he was doing this, a 15-year-old boy from Audubon Junior High School was fidgeting with a loaded .357 magnum handgun that was in his backpack.  The gun went off and the bullet passed completely through 17-year-old Eliaho "Eli" Kogman's chest and lodged itself into 16-year-old Demetrius Rice's body.  Eli was sitting one desk away and Demetrius was returning to his seat after picking up his paper.  The bullet pierced Demetrius' left side and he staggered a few steps before falling to floor where he died.  Eli was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and listed in stable condition.  The 15-year-old boy was shocked at the shooting, murmuring, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."  He even tried to aid Eli before police took him into custody. On Friday our young instigator was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Source: Los Angeles Times - Student Shot to Death in Fairfax High Class; Los Angeles Times - Student Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Classroom Slaying


Mission Bay High School, San Diego, California

Friday, January 22, 1993

A gang fight got out of hand and Michael Johnson, 15, a bystander to the fight, became a casualty of school violence.  He was stabbed to death with a screwdriver and a knife by Michael Aragon, 18.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Redmond Junior High School, Redmond, Washington

Monday, February 1, 1993

At 6:30 this morning, 14-year-old Jason Domenico shot himself to death on the grounds of Redmond Junior High School.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Amityville High School, Amityville, New York

Tuesday, February 2, 1993

Roneal Artis and John Billinger came to Amityville High School today to talk to a guidance counselor about taking classes at AHS.  While they were there, the two cousins attacked Shem S. McCoy at 2:15 this afternoon in the school's courtyard in continuation from a previous dispute.  All of the boys are 17.  Shem, a junior, pulls out a.22-caliber nine-shot handgun as the fight escalates.  He fire three shots and hits them both, Roneal in the groin and John in the ankle.  He fled the school and tossed the gun onto the one-story roof of the school.  Roneal and John were transported to Brunswick Hospital Center where Roneal died around 10:00 after doctors could not stop his internal bleeding. John was in stable condition.  Shem was arrested at 4:41 p.m. and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder.  During his arraignment, Shem's lawyer said he was acting in self-defense.

Source: The New York Times - Teenager Shot to Death at a School; The New York Times - Youth Arraigned in Killing at Amityville High School; The New York Times - Self-Defense is Claimed for Youth Held in Slaying


Rockville High School, Rockville, Maryland

Thursday, February 4, 1993

This morning between 9:15 and 9:45, 16-year-old Ricardo Moulton and 15-year-old Corey Green were in the band room along with a 16-year-old girl.  They asked her into a storage room to play music together, but had ulterior motives in mind.  Once she was in the room, Corey asked her to have sex with him.  She refused and Ricardo moved behind her.  He grabbed at her shirt and pants and fondled her while Corey tried to pull up her shirt.  As she continued to struggle, Ricardo forced her into intercourse while Corey held his coat over the window in the room.  She escaped from Ricardo's hold and tried to flee the room, but Corey grabbed her and said, "she was not going to leave until he had his turn." Corey then raped her while Ricardo held the coat over the window.  She did yell for help, but because of the noise in the band room, (and that band rooms are usually sound proof), nobody heard her cries for help.  The girl didn't report the rape to authorities until a school bus driver overheard her discussing it and encouraged her to go to the police.  This was on Friday, February 19.  She took a polygraph test on March 10 and the state attorney's office took action.  The boys were arrested on Thursday, March 18 at Richard Montgomery High School and charged as adults.

Source: Washington Post - 2 Accused of Rape at MD. School


North Clayton High School, Clayton County, Georgia

Thursday, February 4, 1993

Ex-student Damion Sinkfield, 17, met up with Benjamin E. Banneker High School student James Holiday,18, in the school's parking lot for a fight.  Damion killed James with a shot to his chest to conclude the fight.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Washington-Dix Street Academy (High School), Washington, D.C.

Monday, February 8, 1993

This morning Kenneth W. Jackson, 21, attended his first period class at this alternative high school for students ranging in age from 16 to 38.  He was also seen in the hallway changing classes between first and second period.  However, he did not attend his second period class.  It is speculated that he went outside an isolated entranceway and played dice.  About 11 a.m., a school engineer heard an odd popping sound.  The engineer looked out his door but saw nothing.  About 15 minutes later, the engineer walked to the base of a stairway and looked up.  He saw Kenneth's shoes.  The first thought that entered his mind was that a student had passed out in the stairwell.  When the paramedics arrived, they discovered that Kenneth had been shot to death and that one of his pockets was turned inside out.  Police believe he was killed during a robbery, but could not explain how he got back inside the school since it's doors cannot be opened from the outside.

Source: Washington Post - D.C. Student is Shot Dead at School


Middle River Middle School, Middle River, Minnesota

Monday, February 8, 1993

Also today, on a cold winter day in Minnesota, 14-year-old Eric Melby used a 30-30 rifle to commit suicide while in a classroom at school.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Kimball High School, Dallas, Texas

Thursday, February 18, 1993

After breaking up with 21-year-old Jesse Estrello, Elizabeth Alvarez began dating 17-year-old Andrew Castillo.  Last week Andrew and Elizabeth's father drove by Jesse and a friend of his while they were in Jesse's car.  Andrew and the father riddled Jesse's car with bullets, one of which struck his friend.  Andrew and the father were never prosecuted for this attack.  Today, Andrew was waiting in his car to pickup Elizabeth.  Jesse approached him and shot him with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun.  Andrew died from this shooting.  Jesse was sent to prison.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; Visitor to this web site


Reseda High School, Los Angeles, California

Monday, February 22, 1993

Trying to escape gang violence at Taft High School, the parents of 17-year-old Michael Shean Ensley transferred their son to Reseda High School.  Taft High School, in south-central Los Angeles, has a greater influence of gangs than does Reseda High School, in the valley. Robert Heard, 15, also transferred to Reseda, but that was because he was having disciplinary troubles at William Tell Aggeler Opportunity School.  During a mid-morning snack break at 10:00 the two boys met in a busy science building hallway at Reseda.  Robert confronted Michael under two signs promoting anti-gun violence.  The sings show a handgun inside a red circle covered by slash with the words "No Weapons on Campus. Bring a Weapon... Get Arrested/Expelled.  Report Weapons on Campus." in big bold letters. The two spoke briefly before Robert pulled out a small caliber handgun and shot Michael in the chest.  Michael staggered across the campus to the administration office where he collapsed in a grassy quadrangle.  Several students brought him inside to the nurse's office and he was transported to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where Michael was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. The bullet had entered his right chest and went out the back, severing both the pulmonary artery and the pulmonary vein. Robert began to weep as he fled the campus, hoped over a fence and into a doughnut shop where he ordered a raspberry doughnut and a lemon drink.  Police arrested Robert in the doughnut shop without incident. 

Source: Los Angeles Times - Student Shot, Dies at Reseda High


Junior High School 25, New York City, New York

Wednesday, February 24, 1993

Junior High School 25 is a special education school on Manhattan's east side.  Angel Jimenez and John Rodriguez, both 15 and emotionally handicapped special education ninth-graders, have a long-running feud over a pair of sunglasses.  Angel is a stocky teen-ager and John is a slender youth.  Five minutes before noon today, as the two boys left shop class, Angel cornered John against a second-story hallway wall.  Angel punched John a couple times as the argument continued.  At one point, John said, "Let's end it."  He then pulled a 4-inch dagger from behind his leg and thrust it into Angel's chest.  Angel fell to the floor and a male teacher grabbed John before he could flee the scene.  Student witnesses told police that Angel had bullied John frequently since school began last fall. Two weeks ago, they said, Angel went into a classroom and punched John in the face.  Angel was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center where he died at 12:45 p.m.  John was turned over to police and charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon.

Source: The New York Times - 15-Year-Old Dies in Attack in School Hall; The New York Times - A Simmering Argument Despite Two Similar Pasts


Gloucester High School, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Friday, February 26, 1993

In the school's cafeteria, 15-year-old William Gross committed suicide with a shot to his head.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Harlem High School, Harlem, Georgia

Thursday, March 18, 1993

This morning, sophomore Edward Bryant Gillom, 15 walked out of his homeroom, pulled a .38-caliber revolver from his book bag and fired on two of his classmates.  He killed Ronricas "Pony" Gibson and wounded the other boy.  At his trial, Edward claimed Ronricas and the other boy had bullied him. A jury acquitted him for murdering Ronricas, but charged him with possessing a weapon at school, for which he served five years.

Source: Augusta Chronicle - Massacre Stirs Memories of Local Shooting; National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Sumner High School, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, March 25, 1993

19-year-old Lawanda Jackson shot and killed her ex-boyfriend, 17-year-old Tony Hall, with a shot to the back of his head from a pistol. 

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Lamar High School, Bryan, Texas

Friday, March 26, 1993

The next day, five students had a fight in the cafeteria over last night's track meet.  Billy C. Williams, 16, is stabbed in the chest with a kitchen paring knife and dies.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Grant High School, Sacramento, California

Saturday, April 3, 1993

While walking their bicycles around Grant High's baseball field late this evening, Vodrick Johnson and Redell Webster came under attack by a youth with a shotgun.  Vodrick, 16, was shot in the chest and abdomen.  Redell, 18, ran a few blocks to Norm's Liquors and pounded on the doors.  Once he was inside, he told the owner, Sam Payeh, that he had been wounded and his friend had been killed.  Sam called 911 and the paramedics arrived.  Vodrick was pronounced dead at the scene while Redell was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment for his wounds.

Source: Sacramento Bee - Teen Killed, Another Hurt in Shooting


Dartmouth High School, Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Monday, April 12, 1993

Karter Reed, his cousin Gator Collet, both 16, and their friend Nigel Thomas, 15, were looking for Shawn Pina today.  Shawn had beaten Nigel and insulted his mother.  They came into a classroom at Dartmouth and saw 16-year-old Jason Robinson, whom they mistook for Shawn.  Karter stabbed Jason to death with a knife.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas

Wednesday, April 14, 1993

Jose Balderas Jr. was walking down the hall with his girlfriend when Max Martinez, 17, came up behind him and shot him in the back of the head.  Max killed Jose, also 17, because Jose had insulted Max's girlfriend.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Ford Middle School, Acushnet, Massachusetts

Thursday, April 15, 1993

The next day, David Taber took school nurse Carole Day hostage with a shotgun.  David, 42, who had a history of mental illness ended the hostage situation with a shot to the back of Carole's, 51, head.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Grant High School, Sacramento, California

Friday, April 16, 1993

Thirteen days after Vodrick Johnson was killed at Grant High School, Little League coach Fred Lawson, 43,  dismissed his baseball team of 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds from practice when he was struck by a stray bullet.  He was retrieving a catcher's mitt from the trunk of his car when the bullet exploded in his head.  This was at 5:25 this evening.  About 50 people were watching a baseball game between Grant and Bella Vista high schools noticed Fred fall to the ground.  They rushed in to help and called for paramedics.  Fred was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center where he died at 6 p.m.  Police determined the bullet came from a handgun fired 820 feet in the 3700 block of Balsam Street, on the west side of the baseball fields.

Source: Sacramento Bee - Little League Coach Killed at Grant High


Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma, Washington

Friday, April 16, 1993

Also today, Lourie Harding's body was found underneath a temporary school building that was closed for spring break.  The 33-year-old had committed suicide by shooting herself in the chest with a .357 Magnum.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Millbrook High School, Raleigh, North Carolina

Monday, April 26, 1993

During a fist fight in the school's parking lot, Michael Edward Blanton, 20, shot and killed 16-year-old Bran Green.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Commandant Charcto Nursery School, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Saturday, May 15, 1993

Eric Schmitt spent seven years in the army where he learned how to handle firearms.  Two years ago his computer business went bankrupt and 6 months ago he was fired from an electrical firm.  He took out his frustration of being broke on the children at Commandant Charcto.  The 42-year-old Algerian-born French  citizen strapped 16 sticks of dynamite to his body and commandeered a classroom at the school yesterday.  He took 21 young children (ages 3 and 4) and their teacher, Laurence Dreyfus, 30, hostage.  Police hostage negotiators worked with Eric to let Laurence bring out 15 of the children in batches.  When she left the room, she was able to bring in food and reassure parents that their children were safe as can be.  Laurence had told the young children that Eric was hunting wolves. She even smuggled in a camera which the police used to end the 46 hour siege on Saturday morning at 7:25.  Six girls were and Laurence were still in the room at this time. Masked police commandos with silencers on their guns burst into the booby-trapped classroom and shot Eric three times in the head while he slept, killing him.  During the same time, another group of masked police commandos went over to the children and covered them with a mattress so that they wouldn't witness the shooting.  When the young girls were reunited with their parents, they were unperturbed by the events.  Laurence was awarded France's highest civilian medal for bravery, the Legion of Honor.  Neuilly-sur-Seine is a suburb of Paris.

Source: BBC News - On This Day 1993: French Police Rescue Child Hostages


Garrett Morgan School of Science (Middle School), Cleveland, Ohio

Saturday, May 22, 1993

Despondent over his upcoming suspension for misbehavior, 14-year-old Andre Cooper climbed up to the school's second floor and jumped to his death.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Upper Perkiomen High School, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

Monday, May 24, 1993

Jason Michael Smith, 15, broke into his mother's boyfriend's locked gun cabinet and stole a .9mm Ruger. He arrived at his first period biology classroom 20 minutes late and after the teacher explained the lesson for the day, Jason got up, pulled the Ruger from his backpack, aimed for 16-year-old Michael Swann's face and fired twice in front of his stunned classmates.  Michael had been bullying Jason since the seventh grade.  Jason calmly walked out of the school and waited for the police to arrive to arrest him.


Francis T. Nicholls High School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Thursday, May 27, 1993

In December 1992, 15-year-old Gerald Dordain was dropped from classes at NHS due to lack of attendance.  However, he went to the school sporadically and attended classes.  Today, he should have stayed home.  A late morning school yard scuffle between Gerald and six other students was broken up by a school security guard.  The fight took place on the Alvar Street side of the school.  Unfortunately, the two groups of students met up just ten minutes later behind the school on Pauline and North Rampart streets.  During this second fight, Gerald was shot four times by a 9mm pistol.  The bullets struck him in the chest, side and arms.  The shooter fired off another six more rounds to end the fight. The shooting occurred just before 10:30 a.m.  Gerald was taken to Charity Hospital where he died shortly thereafter.  By 11:30 a.m., police had arrested Shon Williams, 17, and charged him murder.  They found the 9mm pistol in the St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery at Piety and North Villere streets. One of the other bullets went through a wall at the school and entered a classroom.  It entered just above the blackboard and the left of an American flag.  It landed on the floor between the teacher and the special education students within.  Leonard Sanders is one of Gerald's classmates.  The 17-year-old was so grief stricken to hear that Gerald had died, he punched out a school window.  He was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune - N.O. Student Killed in Fight at School


Gladstone Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

June 1993

During a drive by shooting, a teenager is wounded outside Gladstone Secondary School today.

Source: Visitor to this site


Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Thursday, June 24, 1993

One of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's victims was Yale professor David J. Gelernter.  The bomb maimed the professor while he was in his office.

Source: Yahoo! News - FBI Shows Sketch of Man at Yale Classroom


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